Sunday, March 31, 2013

Saturday, March 30, 2013

On the Way to Work This Morning

Where I'll Be Tonight

I'll be parked in front of my TV, watching the first of the new batch of Doctor Who episodes featuring Matt Smith as the 11th incarnation of everyone's favorite Time Lord, Jenna-Louise Coleman as his new, gorgeous companion and various alien beasties--including, for the first time in nearly 40 years, the Ice Warriors! *fanboysquee*

Every Picture Tells a Story 3/30/13

Rvil Bunny is ready for Easter. Are you?

Monday, March 18, 2013

Last Night's Dinner

Mom's meat loaf, reconstituted as sandwiches with Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce, blue cheese and giardinera relish, all washed down with Guinness for St. Patrick's Day.

Every Picture Tells a Story 3/18/13

Sunday, March 17, 2013

St. Patrick's Day 2013

Take a gander at this goose all gussied up in green for St. Patrick's Day.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Every Picture Tells a Story 3/16/13

This Morning's Breakfast

The "Irish Benny"--Eggs Benedict with corned beef hash and tomatoes--at West River Cafe.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Scary Monsters

When I got home after what had been a pretty awful day, I needed something to lift my spirits. And, as luck would have it, something spirit-lifting was waiting for me there (aside from Olivia, of course): The latest issue of Scary Monsters Magazine.

As you can see above, Scary Monsters #87 is a issue-long tribute to Chicago's own horror-hosting legend, Svengoolie, with a very nice cover by veteran comic book artist Terry Beatty. It's full of reminiscences, photos and even a brief essay by the man himself, who continues to recover from a massive heart attack (and subsequent double bypass surgery) he suffered just after Halloween 2012.

That makes this a very special issue. What makes it extra special? I'm in it, too.

When preparing this tribute issue, the published put out an open call to Svengoolie fans for materials--photos, essays, memories, etc. I submitted a written piece, along with three photos--two of the response card Sven sent me (one of the front, another of the back) in answer to a fan letter sent during his original run on WFLD back in the late '70s and early '80s, and one of a similar response card for the original Svengoolie, Jerry G. Bishop--and they decided to use the piece and two of the photos. They even used the explanation/intro I wrote at the head of the email.

It's really nice to see my words in print again, especially in tribute to someone who's given me so much entertainment over the years.

If you can't find the issue at your local newsstand, it's also available via Scary Monsters Store. My essay and photos can be found on pages 85 and 86.

Every Picture Tells a Story 3/15/13

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Every Picture Tells a Story 3/12/13

While the cardinals vote for a new pope in Rome, here's an old pope--Pope John XXIII, standing placidly outside St. Pascal's on the northwest side.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Snowmageddon 2013, Part 3

Pictures taken on the way to work this morning.

Snowmageddon 2013, Part 2

More pictures taken on the way home last night.

Snowmageddon 2013, Part 1

Yesterday, Chicago had its biggest snow in a couple of years--over nine inches in the city, with larger amounts in some suburbs. While this storm didn't match the volume and intensity of Snowmageddon 2011, it did snarl traffic and slop up the city. And that, as always, makes for interesting pictures.

Here's the first batch. More later.

Every Picture Tells a Story 3/6/13